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ed, my lord!
Am I to yoll.
Not one spurn to their graves of their friends' gift? For every word; he is so kind, that he now
Before I were forc'd out!
[Exit. lofty strain or two lv the hautboys, and cease. Tim. You do yourselves Tım. You have done our pleasures much grace, fair Much wrong, you bate too much of your own ladies,
merits: Set a fair fashion on our entertainment,
Here, my lord, a trifle of our love. Which was not half so beautiful and kind;
2 Lord. With more than common thanks I will reYou have added worth unto't, and lively lustre,
ceive it. Aud entertüin'd me with mine own device;
3 Lord. O, he is the very soul of bounty ! I am to thank you for't.
Tim. And now I remember me, my lord, you gave 1 Lully. My lord, you take us even at the best. Good words the other day of a bay courser Apem. Faith, for the worst is filthy; and would not I rode on: it is yours, because
lik'd it. hold tuhing, I doubt me.
2 Lord. I beseech you, pardon me, my lord, in that. Tim. Ladics, there is an idle banquet
Tim. You may take my word, my lord; I know,
Can justly praise, but what he does affect:
I'll tell you true. I'll call on you.
All Lords. None so welcome.
Tim. I take all and your several visitations
So kind to heart, 'tis not enouglı to give;
It comes in charity to thee; for all thy living That man might ne'er be wretched for his mind. Is 'mongst the dead; and all the lands thou hast
[Exit, und returns with the casket. Lie in a pitch'd field.
Alcib. Ay, defiled
1 Lord. We are so virtuously bound, –
Tim. And so
look you, my good lord, I must 2 Lord. So infinitely endear'a, Entreat yoii, honour me so much, as to
Tim. All to you. - Lights, more lights! Advance this jewel;
1 Lord. The best of happiness, Accept, and wear it, king my lord !
Honour, and fortunes, keep with you, lord Timon ! 1 Lord. I am so far already in your gifts, - Tim. Ready for his frieods. All, So are we all.
(Exount Alcibiades, Lords, etc. Enter a Servant.
Apem. What a coil's here!
I doubt whether their legs be worth the sums,
That are given for 'em. Friendship's full of dregs :
Methinks, false heurts should never have sound legs. Vouchsafe me a word; it does concern you near. Thus honest fools lay out their wealth on court’sies.
Tim. Near? why then another time I'll hear thee: Tim. Now, Apemantus, if thou wert not sullen, I prythee, let us be provided
I'd be good to thee.
Apem. No, I'll nothing: for,
[Aside. If I should be brib’d too, there would be none left Enter another Servant.
To rail upon thee; and tiien thou would'st sia the
Wilt give away thyself in paper shortly:
3 Serv. Please you, my lord, that honourable gen-I am sworn, not to give regard to you,
Thou'lt not hear me now, – thou shalt not then,Tim. I'll hunt with him; and let them be receiv'd, I'll lock Not withont fair reward.
Thy heaven from thee. O, that mcn's ears should be Flav. (Aside.) What will this come to?
To counsel deal, but not to faltery!
[Exit. He commands us to provide, and give great gifts, And all out of an empty coiler.
SCENE 1.--The same. Arooin in a Senator's house. Being of no power to make his wishes good;
Enter a Senator, with papers in his hand. His promises fly so beyond his state,
Sen. And late, five thousand to Varro; and to That what he speaks is all debt, he owes
(Exit Timon. (Exit Flavius.
Page. (To the Fool.] Why, how now, captain? what
Apem. 'Would I had a rod in my mouth, that I
He owes nine thousand; besides my former sum, That with your other noble parts you'll suit,
I pr’ythee, but repair to me next morning.
Isid, Sery. From Isidore; And able horses! No porter at his gate;.
He humbly prays your speedy payment, But rather one that smiles, and still invites
Caph. If you did know, my lord, my master's All that pass by. It cannot hold; no reason
wants, Can found his state in safety. -- Caphis, ho! Var. Serv. 'Twas due on forfeiture, my lord, sis Caphis, I say!
weeks, Enter CAPHIS. Caph. Here, sir. What is your pleasure?
Isid. Serv. Your steward puts me on, my lord ; Sen. Get on your cloak, and haste you to lord And I am sent expressly to your lordship. Timon;
Tim. Give me breath:Impórtune him for my monies; be not ceas'd I do beseech you, good my lords, keep on; With slight denial: nor then silenc'd, when
(Exeunt Alcibiades and Lords. Commend me to your master and the cap I'll wait upon you instantly.--Come hither, pray you; Plays in the right hand thus:--but tell him, sirral,
(To Flavius. My uses cry to me, I must serve my turn
How goes the world, that I am thus encounter'd Out of mine own; his days and times are past, With clamorous demands of date-broke bonds, And my reliances on his fracted dates
And the detention of long-since-due debts,
Flav. Please you, gentlemen,
The time is unagreeable to this business : Must not be toss'd and turn'd to me in words, Your importunacy cease, till after dinner; But find supply immediate, Get you gone! That I may make his lordship understand Put on a most importunate aspect,
Wherefore you are not paid. A visage of demand; for, I do fear,
Tim. Do so, my friends: When every feather sticks in his owa wing, See them well entertain'd. Lord Timon will be left a naked gull,
Flav. I pray, draw pear! Which flashes now a phoenix. Get you gone!
Enter APEMANTUS and a Fool. Caph. I go, sir.
Cuph. Stay, stay, here comes the fool with ApeSen. I go, sir? - take the bonds along with you, mantus; let's have some sport with 'em. And have the dates in compt.
Var. Serv. Hang him, he'll abuse us! Caph. I will, sir.
Isid. Serv. A plague upon him, dog! Sen. Go!
(Exeunt. Var. Serv. How dost, fool?
Apem. Dost dialogue with thy shadow ? SCENE II. - The same. & hall in Timon's house. Var. Serv. I speak not to thee.
Enter Flavius, with many bills in his hand. Apem. No; 'tis to thyself. - Come away! Flav. No care, no stop! so senseless of expence, That he will neither know how to maintain it, Isid. Serv. (To Var. Serv.] There's the fool hangs Nor cease his flow of riot: takes no account on your back already. How things go from him; nor resumes no care Apem. No, thoa stand'st single, thou art not on Of what is to continue. Never mind Was to be so unwise, to be so kind.
Cuph. Where's the fvol now? What shall be done? He will not hear, till feel : Apem. He last asked the question. -- Poor rogues, I must be round with him, now he comes from hunt- and usurers’ men! bawds between gold and want! ing.
All Serv. What are we, Apemantus? Fye, fye, fye, fye!
Apem. Asses. Enter Capulis, and the Servants of Isidore and All Serv. Why? VARRO.
ask Caph. Good even, Varro! What,
know yourselves. --Speak to 'em, fool! You come for money?
Fool. How do
you, gentlemen ? Vnr. Serv. Is't not your business too?
All Serv. Gramercies, good fool! How docs your Caph. It is; and yours too, Isidore ?
mistress? Isid. Serv. It is so.
. She's e'en setting on water to scald such Caph. 'Would we were all discharg'd!
chickens, as you are. 'Would, we could see you Var. Serv. I fear it.
Corinth. Caph. Here comes the lord.
Apem. Good! gramercy! Enter Timox, ALCIBIADES, and Lords, etc.
Enter Page. Tim. So soon as dinner's done, we'll forth again, Fool. Look yon, here comes my mistress' page; My Alcibiades. — With me? What's your will? Caph. My lord, here is a note of certain dues.
do you in this wise company?--How dost thou, ape Tim. Dues? Whence are you?
mantus? Caph. Of Athens here, my lord. Caph. Please it your lordship, he hath put me of Puge. Pr’ythee, Apemantus, read me the superscrip To the succession of new days this month: tion of these letters; I know not which is which. My master is awak'd by great occasion,
Apem. Can'st not read? To call upon his own; and humbly prays you,
(To the Fool.
yon are, and do not
Apem. There will little learning die then, that day And what remains will hardly stop the mouth
Ilow goes our reckoning?
(Exit Page. Were it all yours to give it in a breath,
Tim. You tell me true.
Flav. If you suspect my husbandry, or falsehood,
And set me on the proof. So the gods bless me, All Serv. Ay; 'wonld they serv'd us !
When all our offices have been oppress’d
With drunken spilth of wine; when every room
Hath blaz’d with lights, and bray'd with minstrelsy;
I have retir'd me to a wasteful cock, Fool. I think, no usurer but has a fool to his ser- And set mine eyes at flow. vant: My mistress is one, and I am her fool. When men Tim. Priythee, no more! come to borrow of your masters, they approach sad- | Flav. Heavens, have I said, the bounty of this lord! ly, and go away merry; but they enter my mistress? How many prodigal bits have slaves, and peasants, house merrrily, and go away sadly? the reason of this? This night englatted! Who is not Timon's ? Tar, Serv, I could render one.
What heart, head, sword, force, means, but is lord Apem. Do it then, that we may account thee a Timon's? whoremaster, and a knave; which notwithstanding, Great Timon, noble, worthy, royal Timon? thou shalt be no less esteemed.
Ah! when the means are gone, that buy this praise, l'ur. Serv. What is a whoremaster, fool? The breath is gone whereof this praise is made :
Fool. A fool in good clothes, and something like Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of wiater showers,
To think I shall lack friends ? Secure thy heart;
Men, and men's fortunes, could I frankly use,
Tim. And, in some sort, these wants of mine are
Shall I try friends. You shall perceive, how you
(Exeunt Serv. Enter Flaminius, SERVILIUS, and other Servants. Tim. You make me marvel. Wherefore, ere this time, Serv. My lord, my lord, Had you not fully laid my state before me;
Tim. I will dispatch you severally. - You, to lord
To lord Lucullus yon; I hunted with his
Honour to-day; – You, to Sempronius ;
Commend me to their loves; and, I am proud, say,
That my occasions have found time to use them
Be fifty talents.
Flam. As you have said, my
lord. Thus to excuse yourself.
Flav. Lord Lucius, and lord Lucullus ? humph! Flav. O my good lord !
(Aside. At many times I brought in my accounts,
Tim. Go you, sir, (To another Serv.) to the senators,
No richer in return.
That now they are at fall, want treasure, cannot
Do what they would; are sorry you are honourable, Tim. Let all my land be sold.
But yet they could have wish'd - they know not, but Flav. 'Tis all engag'd, some forfeited and gone; Something hath been amiss -a noble nature
May catch a wrench-would all were well—-'tis pity-prompt spirit, - give thice thy due, - and one that And so, intending other serious matters,
knows, wliat belongs to reason; and canst use the After distasteful looks, and these hard fractions, time well, if the time use thee well: good parts in With certain half-caps, and cold-nuoving nods, thee. – Get you gone, sirrah!- ( To the Serrani, They force me into silence.
goes ont]-- Draw nearer, honest Flaminius! Thy Tim. You gods, reward them!
Jord's a bountiful gentleman: but thon art wise; I prythee, man, look cheerly. These old fellows and thon knowest well enough, although thou comest Have their ingratitude in them hereditary:
to me, that this is no time to lend money; especialy Their blood is cak'd, 'tis cold, it seldom flows; npon bare friendship, without security. Here's three "Tis lack of kindly warmth, they are not kiud; solidares for thee; good boy, wink at me, and says
, And nature, as it grows again toward earth, thou saw'st mc not. Fare thee well! Is fashion’d for the journey, dull, anıl heavy. Flam. Is't possible, the world should so much differ; Go to Ventidius, - (To a Serv.] 'Pr’ythee, [To Flav.] And we alive, that liv’d? Fly, damned baseness, be not sad,
To him that worships thee. Thou art true, and honest; ingeniously I speak,
(Throwing the money array. No blame belongs to thee:-(To Serv.] Ventidius Lucul. Ha! now I see, thou art a fool, and fit for lately
(Lxit Lucullus, Buried his father; by whose death, lie's stepp'd Flam. May these add to the number that may scalu Into a great estute: when he was poor,
thee! Imprison'd, and in scarcity of friends,
Let moltcu coia be tly damnation,
Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,
Unto his honour, has my lord's meat in him:
And, when he is sick to death, let not that part
of Being free itself, it thinks all others so. [Exeunt. nature,
Which ny lord paid for, be of any power
To expel sickness, but prolong his hour!
SCENE I. -The same. A public place. SCENE I. - The same. A room in lucULLUS's
Enter Lucius, with three Strangers. house.
Luc. Who, the lord Tiinon? hic is my very good Franesi's waiting. Enter a Servant to him. friend, and an honourable geuticmat. Serv. I have told my lord of you, he is coming down | Stran. We know him for no less, though se are to you.
but strangers to him. But I can tell you one thing, Fiam, I thank you, sir,
iny lord, and which I hear from common rumours; Enter LUCULLIS,
now lord Timon's hap!'y hours are done and past, Serv. IIere's my lord.
and his estate shrinks froni him. Lucul. [Asitle. One of lord Timon's men? a gift, Luc. Pye no, do not believe it; he cannot want for I warrant. Whiy, this hits right; I dreamt of'a silver money. bason and ewer to-night, - Flaminius, honest Fla- 2 Stran. But believe you this, my lord, that, not minius; you are very respectively welcome, sir!
long ago, one of his men was with the lord LicalFill me some wine!-(Exit Serv.] And how does that flus, to borrow so many talents; pay, frgel estre, honourable, complete, frce-hearted gentleman o mely fort, and showed what necessity belonged Athens, thy very bountiful good lord and master ?
to't, and yet was denied. Flam.His health is well, sir.
Luc. Now? Lucul. I am right glud, that his health is well, sir; 9 Stran. Itell you, denieri, my lord! and what hast thou there under thy cloak, pretty Fla Luc. What a strange case was that? now, before minius ?
he souls, I am ashamed on't. Denied that honourFlam. 'Fa’th, nothing but an empty hos, sir; which, able" man ? there was very little kocour showed in my loril's behali
, I come to entreat your honour iu't. Por my own part, I must sceds contess, I dare to supply; who, having great and instant occasion received some small kinduesses from him, as money, to use fifty talents, hati sent to your lordship to plate, jewels, and such like trilles, nothing compare furnish him ; nothiug doubting your present assistauce ing to luis; yet, had he mistook him, and sent to therein.
me, I should ne'er have denied his occasion 59 Lucul. La, la, la, la, — nothing doubting, says he ? many talents. alas, good lord! a noble gentleman ’tis, if he would
Enter Srry:I.C's, not keep so gnod a house. Many a time and often Ser. See, by good hap, yonder's my lord; I have I have dined with him, and told him on’t ; and come sweat to see his honour. - My honoured lord, -again to supper to him, of purpose to have him spend Jess : and yet he would embrace no counsel
, Luc. Servilius! you are kindly met, sir
. Fare thee take no warning by my coming. Every man has his well! Commend me to thy honourable-virtuous fault, and honesty is his; I have told him on't, but lord, my very exquisite friend. I could never get him from it.
Ser. May it please your honour, my lord hath seat-
Luc. Ha! what has he sent? I am so much endear-
Ser. He has only sent his present occasion now, Flam. Your lordship speaks your pleasure. my lord ; requesting your lordship to supply his inLucul. I have observed thee always for a towardlystant use with so many talents.
Luc. I know, his lordship is lnt merry with me; It shows but little love or judgment in him.
He has much disgrac'd me in't; I am angry at him, I should not urge it half so faithfully.
That might have known my place: I see no sense for't, Luc. Dost thou speak seriously, Servilius? But his occasions might have woo'd me first; Ser. Upon my soul, 'tis true, sir.
For, in my conscience, I was the first man Luc. What a wiched beast was I, to disfurnish That c'er received gift from him: myself against such a good time, when I might have And does he think so backwardly of me now, shown myself honourable! how unluckily it hap- That I'll requite it last? No : so it may prove pencil,that I should purchase the day before for a little An argument of laughter to the rest, part, and undo a great deal of hovour! - Servilins, And I'amongst the lords be thonght a fool. now before the gods, I am not able to do't; the I had rather than the worth of thrice the sum, more beast, I say : – I was sending to use lord Ti- He had sent to me first, but for my mind's sake; mon myself, these gentlemen can witness; but I had such a courage to do him good. But now return, would not, for the wealth of Athens, I had done and with their faint reply this answer join ; it now. Commend me bountifully to his good lord-Whio bates mine honour, shall not know my coin. ship; and I hope, his honour will conceive the fairest
(Exit. of me, because I have no power to be kind :-- and Seri. Excellent! Your lordship's a goodly villain. tell him this from me, I count it one of my greatest The devil knew not what he did, when he made man afilictions, say, that I cannot pleasure such an ho- politic; he crossed himself by’t : and I cannot think, vourable gentleman. Good Servilius, will you befriend but, in the evd, the villainies of man will set him me so far, as to use mine own words to hin? clear. How fairly this lord strives to appear foul! Ser. Yes, sir, I shall.
takes virtuons copies to be wicked ; like those, that, Luc. I will look you out a good turn, Servilius. - Junder hot ardent zeal, would set whole realms on
[Exit Servilius. fire. Of such a nature is his politic love. Trne, as you said, Timon is shrnnk, indeed; This was my lord's best hope; now all are fled, And lie, that's once denied, will hardly speel. Save the gods only. Now his friends are dead,
(Exit Lucius. Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards 1 Stran. Do yon observe this, Ilostilius?
Many a bounteous year, must be employ'd 2 Stran. Ay, too well.
Now to guard sure their master. 1 Stran. Why this
And this is all a liberal course allows; Is the world's soul; and just of the same piece Who cannot keep his wealth, must keep his house. Is every flatterer's spirit. Who can call him
(Exit. His friend, that dips in the same dish ? for, in SCENE IV.
A hall in Toox's house. My knowing, Timon has been this lord's father, Enter two Servants of Vanno, and the Servant And kept his credit with his purse;
of Lucius, meeting Titus, Hortexsits, and other Supported his estate; nay, Timon's money
Servants to Timon's creditors, waiting his comHas paid his men their wages : le ne'er drinks, ing out. But Timon's silver treads upon his lip:
l'ar. Serv. Well met; good-morrow, Titus and And yet, (0, see the monstrousness of man,
What, do we mcet together? 8 Stran. Religion groans at it.
Luc. Serv. Ay, and, I think, 1 Stran. For mine owo pars
One business does command us all; for mine I never tasted Timon in my life,
Is money. Nor care any of his bounties over me,
Tit. So is theirs and ours. To mark me for his friend ; yrt, i protest,
Enter PuLoTVS. For his right noble mind, illustrious virtue, .
Luc. Sero. And sir And honorirable carriage,
Philotus too! llad his necessity made use of me,
Phi, Cood-day at once!
Luc. Serv. Welcome, good brother!
Phi. Laboaring for nine.
Luc. Seri'. So much?
Luc. Serv. Not yet.
A room in SEMPROJTUS's Phi. I wonder on't; he was wont to shine at serrn. house.
Luc. Serv. Ay, but the days are waxed shorter with Enter SEMPRONTU's, and u Servant of Tomor's.
him : Sein. Must he needs trouble me iu't? Kumph! You must consider, that a prodigal conrse 'Bove all others?
Is like the sun's; but not, like his, recoverable. lle might have tried lorel Lucius, or Lucullus;
I fear, And now Ventidius is wealthy too.
'Tis deepest winter in lord Timon's
, porse: Whom he redeem'd from prison. All these three That is, one may reach deep cuoagh, and yet Owe their estates unto hiin.
Find little. Serv. ~ my lord,
Phi, I am of your fear for that. They have all been touch'd, and found base metal; for Tit. I'll show you how to observe a strange eront : They have all denied him.
Your lord sends now for money. Sem. How! they have slenied him?
Hor. Most true, he does. Has Ventidius and Lucullus denied him?
Tit. And he wears jewels now of Timon's gift, And does he send to me? Three? humph!
For which I wait for money.